Sunday, June 29, 2014

I Left My Heart In Bandon, Oregon


Eight years ago David and I had the last vacation that we would have for many,
many years.  After that we would be spending all of our free time caregiving
elderly parents.  But fortunately for us, this was a very memorable vacation.
It all happened because David wanted to play the beautiful Scottish Link style
courses at Bandon Dunes.  It was heaven for him and for me as well because
we rented a cottage on a cliff overlooking the breathtakingly beautiful
Oregon Coast and the Pacific.


Bandon is a small town sometimes called Bandon-by-the-Sea.
It is nestled between a mountainous rain forest to the east and the
Pacific Ocean to the west.  It's a small town of around 3,000 residents.
The weather is almost always cool and often gray.  It is tsunami
country.  The little cottage where we stayed had a sign over the
fireplace warning us of it's dangers.  But despite the gray skies
and cool temps it seemed like heaven to me.  It was like being on the
west coast of England or Scotland on the moors.


The view from our cottage was just like this one.  None of the cottages are
directly on the beach but on a cliff about 80 feet above.   It was a long walk
down the steps to the wide sandy beach, but one that Bentley and I took
happily every day.  For the entire week we walked for uninterrupted miles
along this beach often being the one ones there, but sometimes we met up
with other humans and their dogs.  Bentley was quite a young pup at the time.
He was so curious and happily discovering shells and seaweed.


While Bentley and I happily explored the beach every day, David was here
enjoying these spectacular links.  I don't know how he was able to
concentrate with all of this beauty in the way.


I always felt so small and insignificant walking alongside these giant
monoliths.  It was one time when I can honestly say I did not mind
being a "golf widow".

I leave you with this beautiful video by Cody Cha of winter in 
Bandon, Oregon.  It is a solitary kind of place.  So lovely to me.
I have a dream to one day be here and although I am happily
living in Texas right now, Bandon will always own my heart.

PS~ Click on the full screen option for the YouTube video
to fully appreciate it's beauty.

What a glorious country we call home.
Don't you agree?

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentleyy

1 comment:

  1. I am a true Oregonian...and I thank God everyday for the beauty of our wonderful state. Enjoyed your beautiful photos and video :)


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